A child of about 3 years old drove his tricycle straight into my legs yesterday and his Mom just laughed as though it was the cutest thing. Last week I watched a child of about 5 years old lift a jar from a supermarket shelf and drop it on the floor where it smashed. Her Mom just said "Oh don't worry, it doesn't matter," and left it there. It MAY have been an accident but at the very least her Mom should have found an assistant and told them about it so they could clean it up. We all live in a society and an individual who doesn't respect the person or property of another affects us all.
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Yes, that's the response that I would have and expect others to have. Of course accidents happen and I never scolded my children when they did, but as you, I had them help me fix the problem.
I agree with you, mrsgray. And it's not just grown ups that deserve respect, people from the tiniest baby to the oldest adult deserve to be treated with the respect and dignity that all humans deserve.
I agree with possibly responding to that mother. However, I am the type of person that has to watch how I say things. I don't beat around the bush and my response would have been straight forward. There would have been a few words between us.
heh, yeah I know what you mean- same here!!!
By sanctioned I mean fined when the child gets in trouble with their school, or the law or whatever, which is probably and unfortunately inevitable. For the record, I did say something to the mom of the child with the tricycle. Can't repeat response!